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FirstEnergy Corp. Manager, Supply Chain Strategic Category Management in Akron, Ohio

Manager, Supply Chain Strategic Category Management


Akron, OH, US, 44308

Job Function: Management

Employee Type: Reg Full Time (FT)

Requisition ID: 42365

FirstEnergy at a Glance

We are a forward-thinking electric utility powered by a diverse team of employees committed to making customers’ lives brighter, the environment better and our communities stronger.

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a regulated generating fleet with a total capacity of more than 3,500 megawatts.

About the Opportunity

This is for 2 (two) open positions with the FirstEnergy Service Company, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp.

The Manager, Supply Chain Strategic Category Management pursues significant reductions in initial costs by category, monitoring and approving category specialist strategies, and seeking year-on-year improvements in total cost of ownership, maintaining or improving service levels. The manager evaluates and monitors the performance of strategic teams and develops employees. This position works closely with stakeholders (users, support areas) to develop effective cost-reduction strategies, procurement planning, and execution plans.

The position will be located in either Akron, OH or Greensburg, PA.

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing the total cost of ownership of the Procurement area, coordinating with the category specialists who manage each category

  • Coordinating planning efforts and leading a team of category sourcing specialists

  • Reviewing, monitoring, and approving strategic plans by category

  • Overseeing development and implementation of sourcing improvement opportunities through strategic category management process

  • Monitoring the selection and management process of current suppliers, verifying compliance with the policy

  • Working with performance management to track performance of each category under his/her management

  • Developing best practices in each category

  • Ensuring user satisfaction in the strategic sourcing process

  • Ensuring user groups/areas of categories are informed of the progress and strategy associated with them


  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, business, engineering or related discipline and a minimum of 7 years’ relevant work experience is required.

  • In lieu of degree, a minimum of 10 years' relevant work experience is required. Relevant work experience includes experience in Supply Chain, project management, budget management, and strategic sourcing.

  • Minimum of 2 years’ supervisory experience is preferred.

  • Successful track record in Procurement.

  • Strong strategic and analytical skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to solve long-term and analytical problems.

  • Exceptional supplier relationship and contract/conflict management skills.

  • Extensive negotiation skills and best practices in contracting.

  • Strong project management skills and ability to plan and manage numerous people, processes, and resources.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Results-oriented.

Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.


Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.

Position Classification


FirstEnergy Human Resources Team


Nearest Major Market: Akron

Nearest Secondary Market: Cleveland

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